Back from Toronto. I’ve come across Fisk’s latest on the Armenian genocide. I also see that Turkey has recalled their ambassador over the House committee vote. Look for my next column for more discussion of all this.
Update: Can I just say how genuinely weird it is that everyone at The Washington Note is effectively taking the White House’s side in this dispute, while I support officially recognizing a genocide? There is also a notion out there that the right way to handle Turkey is to give in to its demands over this, as if it is the proper behaviour of a government to enable its ally in one of its most self-damaging policies. There is nothing “pro-Turkish” in encouraging the worst sort of behaviour in our ally, especially if you think that Turkey should be implementing the changes that will make it acceptable to the European Union. I think Turkish entry would be a mistake by the EU, but if I supported Turkey’s bid I wouldn’t be backing them when they’re in the wrong over something that will definitely undermine their bid. Turkey’s denialism is self-destructive and harmful to their own stated long-term goals, so it is simply amazing that they are willing to take things this far.
Chris Roach makes an excellent point here:
I would be sympathetic with complaints against this Congressional Resolution if they were lodged by consistent realists, who adopt an across-the-board policy rejecting interference with other nations’ internal affairs. But the defenders of Turkey’s right to live in a world without criticism are normal, run-of-the-mill western politiciansâ€“these, the same people that piously utter “never again” at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. In Turkey’s defense, the Madeline Albrights and Cyrus Vances of the world are standing shoulder to shoulder.